Creativity Unmasked: Creative Introduction SariBlue

Originally posted at http://creativityunmasked.blogspot.com/2011/08/creative-introduction-sariblue.html

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Christine of SariBlue in today’s Creative Introduction. Christine has recently stepped into the creative marketplace, so please give her a warm welcome and open the door into the creative community with advice and support. At the time of our “interview”, SariBlue was up, running and looking forward to their first sale – good luck!

Sari

Please introduce yourself:
My online little business is very new but my interest in design and fashion and art is life-long. Ironically my day jobs have always lead me down another path. I have, for the most part, worked in a corporate world with an international focus, which has also been a huge draw for me. I love things that have an eclectic flair, places, ideas, art, music that allow me to see things from other views.

How did you first become interested in your craft?
After a lifetime of head-down corporate, the last six years had me traveling to Turkey, Brazil and France for work. Most regularly I traveled to Turkey, and from time to time, I was able to poke my head up and look at things other than the next terrific software engineer or SIM application! Turkish culture was so amazing for me and really grabbed me from a personal and artistic place and slowly the idea for SariBlue developed, until this spring when my beauties Maggie who is 8.5 going on 40 and Gigi who just turned 7 who will forever be as light as air said Mom, you want to do this “now is the time” so I did.

Tell us about your handicraft specialty:
I love the simple idea of the glass beads I have decided to work with and I have always been a bracelet junkie. The cultural notion of evil eye is very real to me and can truly be a peaceful and calming bit of assurance to have with you during the day so there it was a perfect idea for me. SariBlue: beautiful, simply designed jewelry, to add peace, positivity and a bit of fun to your style. There is nothing evil about it! Rather than focusing on the negative notions of how the evil eye developed through history, it is much more important to focus on its positive forces. My website really explains a lot about my personal experience with the love of art and Turkey as well as the History of the evil eye.

Where can we find you on-line?
We don’t yet sell directly via our own site, it seems to be easier to manage sales through Zibbet and Etsy, both of which are linked to our site. Of course here comes my huge challenge – to date: not one sale. I have been pretty active on both sites with the community activities and meeting other vendors. I am not a superhero, but am active and have met some great artists and supportive people. It makes me certain that I want to continue doing this. I am also on Facebook and Twitter – I think both help for generating word of mouth traffic. Please come by, say hello, give a shout-out and “like.” I always follow back – we are all looking for support!

Do you have a favourite blog or shop to share with us?
There is so much beautiful work out there, just amazing! I have listed some of my personal favorites that I have made purchases from or plan to shortly. These woman are amazing – check out their work!

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/jmorco
  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/thedreamygiraffe
  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/KijoStudio
  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/chloeandsofiasmom



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